Question: Is it possible to think and be present?
Leonard’s Answer: It is important to know that there are levels of
Presence. It is as if Presence exists on a vertical scale or axis. As
you deepen into Presence, you cross a point on the vertical axis where
time disappears. Now you are in the Eternal realm. There is no time.
Life does not exist outside of the moment, and you do not exist outside
of the moment. You are completely absorbed into the Oneness. You are
completely absorbed into the moment of Now. All sense of separation has
dissolved. It is a highly exalted state. At this level of Presence,
thinking is impossible. At this level, there is no one here as an
individualized Being to think. Any thought would take you out of the
moment. Of course, revelations can arise out of the silence, but this is
radically different from thinking. A sense of knowing arises out of the
silence, but this is radically different from understanding that occurs
within the mind. To experience this level, even for a few moments will
transform every aspect of your life, including your sense of yourself.
But you don’t have to be at this deep level of
all the time. As you ascend on the vertical axis of Presence, time
becomes once again available. You can use your mind to think, and you
can participate in the world of time, but you no longer get lost there.
It is more than enough if you are fundamentally present. This means that
you are more grounded in Presence than you are lost in the mind. Now
you can think, without becoming reabsorbed into the mind. You think
consciously, and when you are done thinking, you naturally return to
Presence. You are no longer a victim to those endless thoughts that keep
dragging you to somewhere in your past or somewhere in your future.
Of course, as a present and conscious being, you are free to
think, remember, imagine, and enjoy the world of time in any way that
you like. The beautiful thing however, is that you can move up and down
the scale of Presence at will. One moment you might be choosing to
consciously think. The next moment, you are at the deepest levels of
eternal Presence and silence. You are no longer imprisoned within the
mind. You can move freely between the world of the mind and the eternal
world of Now. Your memories, beliefs, ideas and opinions still exist
within the mind, but you are no longer identified with any of it. You
know that only this moment is the truth, and you are relaxed in that
You can also speak from Presence. When you speak
from Presence, there is no agenda that originates from within the mind.
You are not speaking from within the mind. You are speaking and
expressing from the source, which is at the center of your Being. You
are present as you speak. You can also create music or art from
Presence. Even Einstein’s most brilliant inspirations arose from the
source and not from his mind. In these creative and inspired moments,
the mind is simply a clear instrument of expression.
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